Obituaries
Obituaries

Norman Berson, 93, longtime state representative and champion of liberal causes

Decades before most politicians took up the issues, Berson pushed legislation in the 1970s that would have protected gay rights and lessened penalties for marijuana possession.

Osvald Romberg, 81, formerly of Elkins Park, an abstract artist and educator

Born In Argentina, Mr. Romberg worked in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Israel. He died in Tel Aviv.

Osvald Romberg, 81, formerly of Elkins Park, an abstract artist and educator

Born In Argentina, Mr. Romberg worked in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Israel. He died in Tel Aviv.

Jan Z. Krasnowiecki, 90, lawyer and Penn professor known as father of the condominium

Dr. Krasnowiecki never expected to become immersed in the study of property and real estate. But it paved the way for him to conceptualize condominiums.

Jan Z. Krasnowiecki, 90, lawyer and Penn professor known as father of the condominium

Dr. Krasnowiecki never expected to become immersed in the study of property and real estate. But it paved the way for him to conceptualize condominiums.

The Rev. Edward W. Dorn, 85, retired pastor, SEPTA employee

In addition to serving as a pastor for 37 years, Rev. Edward W. Dorn had a first career as a Septa trolley operator and supervisor.

The Rev. Edward W. Dorn, 85, retired pastor, SEPTA employee

In addition to serving as a pastor for 37 years, Rev. Edward W. Dorn had a first career as a Septa trolley operator and supervisor.
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Shirley A. Dixon, 73, a groundbreaking educator at Cabrini University

Shirley A. Dixon started out as an office worker but shifted careers to become an educator. She chalked up many firsts at Cabrini University, where she earned three degrees and was a trustee.

After a 65-year love story, Milton and Naomi Dank die three days apart

“They were brilliant, fun, and deeply in love,” their grandson Jacob Finkel said of Milton and Naomi Dank.

William Rotch Wister Jr., 86, lawyer and descendant of an old Philadelphia family

Mr. Wister came from a venerable Philadelphia family, but he didn't dwell on it, his wife said.

Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” has died

Edward C. Driscoll, builder of Liberty Place, 89

Over 50 years, Mr. Driscoll grew the company his father founded from a local builder into a nationally known firm that transformed Philadelphia’s skyline.

Robert Godshall, Pennsylvania lawmaker who served for 36 years, 86

“When it came to the number of hours put into the job, for 36 years, he was the undisputed champ,” said Grey Godshall, one of the representative’s sons.

Arnold ‘Giant Gene’ Rubin, 78, Philly radio DJ and music promoter

Arnold Rubin, better known by his stage name "Giant Gene," spent three decades playing music for radio listeners in the Philadelphia region.

Frank J. Fazzalore, 96, financial consultant, WWII vet, and Bucks County Community College trustee

Mr. Fazzalore was remembered as a public servant "motivated by trying to do the best thing."

Noel Ann De Santis, 45, assistant Philly DA who worked to end exploitation of the elderly

Ms. De Santis connected with the elderly and used that skill to help them navigate court hearings. “She was very capable,” said former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham. “I was glad to have her.”

Miriam Louise Levy, 84, retired Philadelphia School District employee and Democratic committeewoman

"Everything she did was with love and with the belief that she had done so much in the community and we needed our next generation to continue on.," said City Councilwoman Cindy Bass.

Bertram John Schaeffer, 71, a tax lawyer, securities executive, and expert in wealth management

While at Ernst & Young in 2000, Mr. Schaeffer wrote a guide to investing. He was considered an expert in wealth management.

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